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Ms. Cathy Browne, Junior High Math

Welcome to Jr. High Math! My name is Cathy Browne and this is my 7th year at St. John Fisher. I am excited to be working with your child in 7th and 8th grade math. We are going to have a terrific year!

December 09 - December 13

Posted on Dec 09, 2019

REMINDERS:

8th Grade-Please remember to bring in your “Release Forms” from the High Schools.  We need this document to forward your transcripts to the high schools. 

 

8th Grade

We wrap up our unit on triangles and angles this week.  We will learn about the Angle-Angle Similarity Postulate and identify similar triangles. We will have a quiz on Friday, December 13th.  The quiz will cover angles created by a transversal, exterior angles and remote interior angles of a triangle, and similar triangles.

 

7th Grade

On Monday, we will use the data we collected in gym class to calculate your maximum heart rate and target heart rate.  We will also create a graph with the data collected. On Tuesday, we begin our unit on percents. We will spend some time reviewing the process to convert fractions and decimals and percents. Then, we will learn how to use percents to describe change. 

 

 

December 02 - December 06

Posted on Dec 01, 2019

The week ahead...

Wednesday, December 4th is Special Lunch

Friday, December 6th - No School - Teacher In-service

Saturday, December 7th - High School Entrance Exam*

 *Pre-registration for the entrance exam is suggested, but not required.  Please check the high school website for additional information. 

 

8th Grade

Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, we continue working with angles and triangles. 

We will focus on the exterior angles and remote interior angles of a triangle. We will conclude the unit learning how to determine when two triangles are similar.  Our unit test is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, December 10. Additional problems to help prepare for the test will be available on our Google classroom.

 

7th Grade

Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, we conclude our unit on proportional relationships.  We will review and complete a study guide in class. Our unit test is scheduled for December 5th. Additional problems to help prepare for the test will be available on our Google classroom. 

 

November 25 - November 29

Posted on Nov 24, 2019

Parent Teacher Conferences are Monday, November 25th from 12-3 and 5-8 & Tuesday, November 26th from 12-2.  I look forward to seeing you then. 

 

With our short week, we will review some topics from earlier this year including integers, coordinate plane, and rational numbers.  I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoys the break.

 

November 18 - November 22

Posted on Nov 19, 2019

 *Today marks the start of the 2nd Trimester. 

**Report cards will be distributed on Wednesday.

 

8th Grade

Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, we will continue working with angles and triangles. First, we will work with the sum of the angle measures in triangles and learn about the Triangle Sum Theorem. Next, we will work on solving for the missing angles of triangles. We will finish the week learning about exterior and remote interior angles of triangles.

 

 

7th Grade

Monday is Accelerated Math. The remainder of the week we continue working with proportional relationships. In addition to tables and equations, we will use a graph to represent and analyze proportional relationships. We will also spend some time working with the coordinate plane. 

 

November 11 - November 15

Posted on Nov 11, 2019

Reminders:

Friday, November 15th

     *Picture retakes

     *Dress down day in support of the Honor Flight Organization

     *Veteran's Day Celebration 1pm in church

 

8th Grade

This week we will work with angles, parallel lines, and triangles. We will learn about the eight angles created when cut by a transversal. We will learn how to solve for a missing angle given the various angles relationships. Finally, we will learn various relationships between the interior and exterior angles of a triangle. 

 

7th Grade

We continue working with unit rates this week. We will focus on proportional relationships and learn how to calculate a rate of change. We will learn how to use tables, graphs and an equation to represent a proportional relationship.  We will have a quiz on unit rates and solving for proportions on Thursday, November 14th. 

 

November 04 - November 08

Posted on Nov 04, 2019

8th Grade

Monday is Accelerated Math. Our unit test on exponents and scientific notation is Wednesday, November 6th.  We will complete a study guide in class. On Thursday we begin the first of our geometry units.  We will learn about angle relationships and triangles. 

 

7th Grade

Groups 2 & 3 will take their test on test on rational numbers Monday (postponed from Friday).  We will then begin our unit rates and proportionality. First, we will work on finding and using unit rates. Next, we will begin working on constant rate of change. Friday we will have Accelerated Math. 

 

October 28 - November 01

Posted on Oct 28, 2019

REMINDERS:

Tuesday: Jr High Retreat at St. Rita High School  - Students wear their school uniforms and bring a “brown bag” lunch. 

 

Wednesday:  Early Dismissal @ 1:45 pm

 

Thursday: Halloween - Jr High students may be out of uniform.  This is also our second high school options day. Single gender schools will be here to meet and talk to students. 

 

Friday: All Saints Day Mass 1 pm

 

8th Grade

This week we conclude our unit on scientific notation and exponents. Our unit test is scheduled for Tuesday, November 5th.  We will work on a study guide in class to help prepare for the test. Additional problems will be available on our Google classroom as well. 

 

7th Grade

We conclude our unit on rational numbers this week. Our unit test is Friday, November 1st.  We will work on a study guide in class to help prepare for the test. There will also be additional problems for practice on our Google classroom.  

 

 

October 21 - October 25

Posted on Oct 21, 2019

REMINDERS:

Permission Slips are due for our October 29th retreat at St. Rita High School. Please turn in during homeroom. 

 

8th Grade

Group Three will take their quiz on Power of 10 and exponents Monday (rescheduled from last week.) This week we work on operations with scientific notation. We will learn how to add and subtract numbers in scientific notation. Next, we will learn how to multiply and divide numbers in scientific notation. We will also do Accelerated Math this Thursday, October 24th. 

 

7th Grade

This week we continue working on multiplying and dividing rational numbers.  We will review the rules for dividing when decimals are in the divisor, dividend, or both. We will review using the reciprocal when dividing with fractions. We will conclude the unit at the end of the week. Our unit test will be next Wednesday, October 30th. Students will have a study guide to help prepare for the test.  We will also do Accelerated Math this Thursday, October 24th. 

 

October 14 - October 18

Posted on Oct 15, 2019

Reminders: 

No School Monday, October 14th  - Columbus Day 

High School Options - Co-ed Schools, Wednesday, October 16th  9-12pm 

 

8th Grade

We continue working this week with scientific notation. This week we will focus on scientific notation with negative numbers. We will work with examples of the very small numbers scientific notation with negative numbers represent. Our quiz on powers of 10 and exponents will be Thursday, October 17th.

 

 7th Grade 

We continue working with rational numbers this week.  First, we will work with subtracting rational numbers.  Next we will learn the “divisibility rules” for the numbers 2-10.  These rules will help us divide, as well as simplify fractions and factor numbers easily. We will finish the week multiplying and dividing rational numbers. 

 

 

October 07 - October 11

Posted on Oct 06, 2019

8th Grade

Monday is Accelerated Math.  We continue to work with integer exponents this week. On Tuesday, we will learn how to use scientific notation to write very large and very small quantities. We will also learn to convert numbers in scientific notation to standard notation. We will explore real world situations in science to represent these numbers.  We will have a quiz on powers of ten and exponents on Thursday, October 10th. 

 

7th Grade 

Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, we start our unit on rational numbers. We will review the steps to convert fractions to decimals and decimals to fractions.  We will work with terminating and repeating decimals. Next, we will work with adding and subtracting rational numbers.    

 

September 30 - October 04

Posted on Sep 30, 2019

REMINDERS:  

School Pictures - Tuesday, October 1st

Special Lunch - Wednesday, October 2nd

 

8th Grade

We continue working this week on integer exponents.  We will learn and work with various math properties using exponents.  This week we will focus on the Product of Powers, Quotient of Powers, and Power of a Power properties. Next, we will begin using scientific notation to express very large quantities.  We will also have a quiz on operations (adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing) with integers. A review of those operations can be found on my Google classroom.

 

7th Grade

We continue this week learning the rules to multiply and divide integers. We will then use integer operations to solve word problems that represent real-world problems. We will also spend some time working with absolute value and order of operations. On Friday, we will have a quiz on multiplying and dividing with integers. 

 

September 23 - September 27

Posted on Sep 22, 2019

REMINDERS:  

Early dismissal, 1:45pm, this Thursday, September 26 for Faculty In-Service.

Homecoming Pep Rally @ 1:30pm,  Friday, September 27 - School Gym

Homecoming Dance  7pm - 10pm, Friday, September 27 

 

8th Grade

This week we start our unit on exponents and scientific notation. First, we will spend some time working with powers of 10.  Next, we will review operations with integers. We will finish the week learning how to develop and use the properties of integer exponents. Thursday we will work on Accelerated Math. 

 

7th Grade

Our unit test on adding and subtracting integers is Tuesday, September 24th.  Additional practice problems can be found on our Google classroom to help prepare for the test.  On Wednesday, we will start our next unit, Multiplying and Dividing Integers.

 

September 16 - September 20

Posted on Sep 15, 2019

8th Grade

We wrap up unit one this week. Our first unit test will be Friday, September 20th.  It will cover absolute value, rational and irrational numbers, perfect squares and cubes, and ordering and comparing rational numbers.  We will review in class using a study guide. Additional problems will be posted on our Google classroom to help review for the test. 

 

7th Grade 

We will conclude our unit on adding and subtracting integers this week. Our unit test will be on Tuesday, September 24th. We will complete a study guide in class to help review.  Additional problems will be posted on our Google classroom to help review for the test.  

 

September 09 - September 13

Posted on Sep 09, 2019

 

REMINDERS:  No School, Friday, September 13th - Faculty In-Service

 

8th Grade

This week we continue learning how to describe relationships between sets of real numbers. We will also learn how to use real numbers to represent real-world quantities. We will conclude our unit ordering and comparing real numbers. Our Unit 1 test will take place on Tuesday, September 17th. We will complete a study guide in class to help prepare for our test.  We will also spend some time this week reviewing how to multiply and divide with decimals. 

 

7th Grade

This week we learn how to subtract integers. Next, we will work with multi-step problems involving addition and subtraction of integers.  Finally, we will learn about certain mathematical properties, including the associative and commutative properties.

 

September 03 - September 06

Posted on Sep 04, 2019

 

Reminders: Back to School Night - Wednesday, September 4 at 6:30pm

 

8th GRADE

We continue this week working with rational and irrational numbers. We will learn how to estimate irrational numbers. Next, we will learn how to describe relationships between sets of real numbers.  On Thursday, September 5th, we will have a quiz on the first 15 perfect squares and the first 5 perfect cubes. 

 

7th GRADE

This week we will learn how to add integers with different signs. We will also learn how to model the addition of integers using number lines, counters, and zero pairs.  We will have our 1st quiz on adding integers and writing negative numbers this Friday, September 6th. 

 

August 26 - August 30

Posted on Aug 27, 2019

Welcome Back!!  I hope that everyone had a great summer.   An outline of my class expectations and curriculum can be found in the “Important Documents” section of my blog.  This year we will use the on-line version of our “Go Math” series. Each week, I will post an overview on my blog of the topics we will cover in math.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have during the school year. I am looking forward to a great school year and hope to see you at Open House on Wednesday, September 4th.

 

8th GRADE

We begin the school year discussing number sets.   First, we will discuss and work with rational numbers, and then move on to irrational numbers. We will work with finding square roots and cube roots.  We will finish the week ordering real numbers.

 

7th GRADE

We begin the school year working with integers.  We start by adding integers with the same sign and then move on to adding integers with different signs.  We will finish the week learning to subtract integers. 

 

 

May 27 - May 31

Posted on May 27, 2019

Lots going on this week...

Jr High Field Day - Tuesday, May 28th at Beverly Park

Just Desserts - Wednesday, May 29th 7pm - Kane Hall

Graduation Dance - Friday, May 31st  - Kane Hall

Class of 2019 Graduation - Sunday, June 2nd - 12:00 Mass

*Students should arrive in their homerooms by 11:30am on Sunday.

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7th Grade

Our Field Day is Tuesday. We will spend the rest of the week performing a number of experiments to determine experimental probability of simple and compound events.  

 

 

 

 

May 20 - May 24

Posted on May 20, 2019

8th Grade:

The class of 2019 will celebrate Ribbon Mass at 8:15 am this Friday, May 24th.  The students will then be invited to Kane Hall afterwards for donuts and juice.  All are welcome to attend the Ribbon Mass.

We conclude our unit this week on two-way tables. We will finish the unit categorizing and analyzing data using a two-way frequency table. We will learn how to calculate a conditional relative frequency from our data. Our unit test on two-way tables will be Thursday, May 23rd.

Our last Accelerated Math will be Tuesday.  Students who need to complete additional objectives may come in early or work after school.

7th Grade:

We continue working this week on probability. We will learn how to find the probability of an event. We will learn how to describe the likelihood of an event. We will learn how to determine the complement of an event.

Our last Accelerated Math will be Tuesday.  Students who need to complete additional objectives may come in early or work after school.

The 7th grade year-end assessment dates are Thursday, May 23rd and Friday, May 24th

May 13 - May 17

Posted on May 13, 2019

8th Grade:

This week, we will work with two-way frequency tables. These tables help us organize and analyze data. They also allow us to review a number of the skills we have worked with this past year including proportions, percentages, and solving equations. Students will also begin working this week on a math lesson for our 2nd grade prayer partners. The lesson will be based on a math book chosen from our library.

7th Grade:

We conclude our unit on random samples and populations this week. We will review and complete a study guide in class. We will take a quiz on this unit Wednesday, May 15th. We will begin our unit on experimental probability on Thursday.

May 06 - May 10

Posted on May 06, 2019

Important Dates and Events

Monday, May 6th is the S.O.A.R. Field Trip to assist with Special Olympics.

Wednesday, May 8th is the Junior High Field Trip to the Holocaust Museum.  Students should arrive to school at 9 am.  We will return to school around 4:30 pm.

Friday, May 10th is May Crowning.  The 8th grade students should arrive between 10:15 am and 10:30 am. It is a full day of school for 7th grade students.

8th Grade:

We will begin our unit on Two Way Tables this week. We will learn how to use two-way frequency tables to organize and analyze real world data.

7th Grade:

We continue working this week with random population and samples.  We will find the measures of the data such as the mean and median, and use them to solve problems. 

April 29 - May 03

Posted on Apr 29, 2019

8th Grade

This week we will work on creating and interpreting scatter plots.  We will learn to describe patterns such as clustering, outliers, and positive or negative association. Tuesday we will have Accelerated Math. Students will also spend time this week working on their Flipgrid project related to the Stock Market Game.

7th Grade:

This week we will work on using random samples and populations to solve problems. Students will use a number of innovative ways to represent a sample from a population. Tuesday we will have Accelerated Math. Students will also spend time this week working on their Flipgrid project related to the Stock Market Game.

April 08 - April 12

Posted on Apr 08, 2019

REMINDERS

**Tuesday, April 9th is the Student Art Show in Kane Hall – 5:30 – 7:30pm

**Wednesday, April 10th is Progress Check.

**Our all school Easter Liturgy is Friday, April 12th at 1pm.

 EASTER BREAK BEGINS FRIDAY- STUDENTS RETURN THURSDAY, APRIL 25th

8th Grade

Monday is Accelerated Math. On Tuesday, we will conclude our unit on Transformations.  Our unit test will be Thursday, April 11th.  We will complete a study guide in class.

7th Grade:

Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, we will conclude our unit on scale drawings, angles, and circles. Our unit test will be Thursday, April 11th.  We will complete a study guide in class. 

April 01 - April 05

Posted on Apr 01, 2019

Aspire Testing will take place Tuesday, April 2nd – Friday, April 5th

8th Grade:

We will continue working on transformations this week. We will learn how to represent translations, reflections, and rotations using algebraic equations.

7th Grade:

We will continue working with circles this week.  We will learn the formula to calculate the area of a circle. Next, we will calculate the area of composite figures that include circles.  

March 25 - March 29

Posted on Mar 25, 2019

8th Grade 

Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, class periods 7 & 8 will take their test on Functions (Module 6). Students have a study guide to help prepare for the test. Our next unit is on Transformations and Congruence. First, we learn how to create and describe the translation of a figure.  Next, we will learn how to create and describe the reflection of a figure.

7th: Grade

Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, we will work with angles. We will use our protractors to measure different types of angles. Next, we will use one and two-step equations to solve the missing angles of various figures. We will finish the week learning about the circumference and area of a circle. We will have a quiz on Thursday on area and perimeter of triangles and quadrilaterals. 

March 18 - March 22

Posted on Mar 18, 2019

Reminders:  Tuesday, March 19th – St. Joseph’s Day – Students may wear a “touch of red”.

8th Grade:

This week we conclude our unit on functions.  We will finish the unit using tables, graphs and equations to compare functions. We will also describe a relation given a graph or by sketching a graph when given a description. Class period 5 will take their unit test on Thursday, March 21st.  Class periods 7 & 8 will take their test on Tuesday, March 26th.  Students will receive a study guide in class to help prepare for the test.

7th Grade:

This week we will focus on quadrilaterals and three-dimensional figures.  We will review the formulas to find the area and perimeter of squares, rectangles, parallelograms, and trapezoids.   We will learn how to find the area of an irregular polygon.  We will conclude the week finding the cross figures of three-dimensional figures.

 

March 11 - March 15

Posted on Mar 10, 2019

8th Grade:

Monday is Accelerated Math.  We continue this week working with functions. We will complete function tables and graph linear functions. We will use tables, graphs and equations to compare functions. We will also review rational numbers and absolute value and take a quiz on these two skills Wednesday.

7th Grade:

Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, we begin creating a scale drawing of a room. Students will use measurements from a room in their home and create a drawing using the scale factors skills we have learned in class. Measurements are due on Tuesday.  A copy of the form distributed in class can also be found on our Google classroom.  We will also have a quiz on Thursday covering scale factor and finding the interior angle of a triangle. 

February 25 - March 01

Posted on Feb 25, 2019

Reminders: 

8th grade gradation picture orders are due!  Please bring your order back to school or compete on-line.

Special Lunch orders are due Wednesday, February 27th

8th Grade:

Monday is Accelerated Math.  Class periods 7 & 8 will take their unit test on      nonproportional relationships on Tuesday.  This week we begin our unit on functions. First, we learn how to identify functions from tables and graphs.  Next, we learn how to describe a function.

7th Grade:

Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, we begin the first of our geometry units.  We begin by learning about similar figures.  Next, we will use scale drawings to solve problems.  We will finish the week creating a scale drawing of a room in a house.

February 18 - February 22

Posted on Feb 18, 2019

Last week, the Junior High students began participating in the “Stock Market Game”. Together with the program, Mrs. Reed and myself, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of saving and investing. The program involves using many of the math concepts we have learned in class.

8th Grade:

We conclude our unit on nonpropotional relationships this week. Students in class period 5 will take their unit test on Friday, February 22nd. Students in class periods 7 & 8 will take their unit test, Tuesday, February 26th. We will complete a study guide in class. Additional practice problems will be available on our Google classroom.

7th Grade

We conclude our unit on expressions and equations this week. We will have our unit test this Friday, February 22nd. Our unit test will cover writing and solving one-step and two-step equations. We will complete a study guide in class. Additional practice problems will be available on our Google classroom.

 

February 11 - February 15

Posted on Feb 12, 2019

Congratulations 8th graders on your Confirmation!!

8th Grade:

Monday is Accelerated Math. On Tuesday, we continue working with the x and y-intercepts. We will analyze graphs that represent real-world situations using linear relationships. Friday is the 8th grade ski trip!

7th Grade:

Monday is Accelerated Math. On Tuesday, we begin writing and solving two-step equations. As with one-step equations, we will apply inverse operations to solve equations. We will also spend some time this week reviewing operations with integers and absolve value.

February 04 - February 08

Posted on Feb 03, 2019

Confirmation will be celebrated is this Sunday, February 10th at 12:00 mass.  The confirmation prayer service and rehearsal for students, parents, and if possible, sponsors, is Wednesday, February 6th at 7:30 pm in church.

8th Grade:

We continue working this week with nonproportional relationships.  We will learn how to determine, as well as graph relationships using the x and y-intercepts. We will work with the slope-intercept form of an equation, y=mx b.  

7th Grade: 

Our quiz on evaluating and writing expressions is Monday.  On Tuesday, we will begin writing and solving algebraic equations. Next, we will learn how to write and solve two-step algebraic equations. 

January 28 - February 01

Posted on Jan 29, 2019

Happy Catholic Schools Week!!

8th Grade:

Monday is Accelerated Math. On Tuesday, we begin working with nonproportional relationships. We will create tables, write equations, and graph nonproportional relationships as we learn their characteristics. We will also learn about linear equations and how they can be written in the form y=mx b.

7th Grade:

Monday is Accelerated Math. On Tuesday, we begin writing algebraic expressions. Next, we will learn how to solve a one-step equation using addition and subtraction. On Friday, we will have quiz covering the following topics: evaluating expressions, combining like terms, distributive property, and translating algebraic expressions.

January 21 - January 25

Posted on Jan 21, 2019

No School Monday – Martin Luther King Jr. Day  

8th Grade

This week we conclude our unit on proportional relationships. This Thursday, January 24th, we will have a quiz on calculating slope.  Our next unit will focus on nonproporitonal relationships.  We will use tables, graphs, and equations to represent linear nonproportional situations. We will also learn about the x and y-intercepts.

7th Grade:

This week we continue working with algebraic expressions and equations. We will learn how to combine like terms. We will simplify expressions using the distributive property.  Finally, we will begin writing and solving one-step equations.  Friday, January 25th, we will have a quiz on writing expressions and equations and combing like terms. 

January 14 - January 18

Posted on Jan 14, 2019

8th Grade:

Monday is Accelerated Math. On Wednesday, we will have a quiz on representing proportional relationships. The remainder of the week, we will focus on various ways to calculate the slope of a line.  We will use graphs and determine the “rise” over the “run”. We will also use coordinates and determine the change in y-values and change in x-values.

 

7th Grade:

Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, we begin our unit on expressions and equations.  First, we will learn the difference between expressions and equations. Next, we learn how to write an algebraic expression for a word expression.  We will finish the week learning how to use the distributive property to solve equations. 

January 07 - January 11

Posted on Jan 07, 2019

Happy New Year!!  I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas.

8th Grade:

We begin our unit on proportional relationships this week.  We will first review solving proportions. Next, we will create tables, graphs, and equations to represent proportional situations. We will work specifically with the equation y=kx and learn how to determine the constant of proportionality.

7th Grade:

This week will we review all of our topics with percents.  Our unit test will be Thursday, January 10th.  We will complete a study in class and additional practice problems will be available on our Google classroom. 

December 17 - December 21

Posted on Dec 17, 2018

Reminders:  We have a lot going on this week at St. John Fisher.  All are welcome!!

Monday, December 17, 1:20 pm:  Mother McAuley Acapella Choir – Church

Tuesday, December 18, 7:00 pm:  Christmas Band Concert – Church

Friday, December 21, 11:30 am:  Christmas Prayer Service - Church

Thursday, December 20th is Ugly Sweater Day.

8th Grade:

Monday is Accelerated Math.  Groups 2 & 3 will take their Pythagorean Theorem unit test on Wednesday.  We will work on a study guide in class to help prepare for the test. Group 1 will begin our unit on proportional relationships.  We will review the constant of proportionality and create tables to show a proportional relationship.

7th Grade:

Monday is Accelerated Math.  We continue working with percents this week. We will focus on problems that involve multiple percents. We will also spend time reviewing how to find a number when a percent is known and finding the percent when the part and whole are known. 

December 10 - December 14

Posted on Dec 10, 2018

8th Grade:

Monday is Accelerated Math.  We will conclude our unit on Pythagorean Theorem this week.  Group one will take their unit test on Thursday, December 13th. Groups two and three will take their unit test on Monday, December 17th.  We will complete a study guide in class and additional practice problems will be available on our Google classroom.

7th Grade:

Monday is Accelerated Math.  We continue working with percents this week. We will work with sales tax, simple interest and multiple percents. We will also spend time finding a number when a percent is known and finding the percent when the part and whole are known. 

December 3 - December 7

Posted on Dec 03, 2018

Reminder: No School Friday, December 7th – Faculty In-Service

8th Grade:

We continue this week working with the Pythagorean Theorem to determine if a triangle is a right triangle. We will also test the converse of the Pythagorean Theorem to solve problems. Finally, we will work with the Pythagorean Theorem on the coordinate plane.   

 

7th Grade:

This week we will focus on percent increase and decrease to describe how much a quantity increases in comparison to its original amount. We will focus on two specific increase and decrease problems, markup and markdown. We will also continue to review converting percents, decimals and fractions.  

November 26 - November 30

Posted on Nov 25, 2018

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoyed the break. 

8th Grade:

Monday is Accelerated Math. On Tuesday, we continue working with triangles. We will begin working with the Pythagorean Theorem and solve for the missing sides of right triangles.  We will also use the Pythagorean Theorem to solve problems in three dimensions. We will also use the Pythagorean Theorem to determine if a triangle is a right triangle.

7th Grade:

Monday is Accelerated Math. On Tuesday, we will continue creating tables and graphing proportional relationships. We will also learn how to tell if a graph represents a proportional relationship. Next, we will review how to convert fractions to percents, decimals to percents, and percents to decimals. On Friday, we will have a quiz on creating tables and graphing proportional relationships. 

November 12 - November 16

Posted on Nov 12, 2018

Monday marks the start of the 2nd trimester. Report cards will be distributed Wednesday, November 14th

8th Grade:

Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, we will continue working with triangles and angles. We will use the various theorems we have learned to determine if two triangles are similar. Group 1 will have a quiz on angles created by a transversal on Thursday, November 15th.  Groups 2 & 3 will take their quiz on angels created by a transversal on Friday, November 16th.

7th Grade:

Monday is Accelerated Math. On Tuesday, we continue working with the constant of proportionality. We will write equations to represent proportional relationships.  Next, we will represent proportional relations using graphs.  We will also spend some time this week reviewing ordered pairs on the coordinate plane.  

November 5 - November 9

Posted on Nov 06, 2018

8th Grade:

We continue this week working with angles and triangles. We will solve for the missing angles of interior and exterior angles of a triangle using the Exterior Angle Theorem.  Next, we will learn how to determine if two triangles are similar. We will also review solving for proportions this week to help with our work with triangles.  Our solving one and two-step equations quiz has been rescheduled for this Wednesday, November 7th

7th Grade:

We continue this week working with rates and proportionality. We will learn how to identify and represent proportional relationships? A proportional relationship will have a rate of change that is constant between any two quantities. We will show proportional relationships using tables, graphs and equations. We will have a quiz on ratios, rates and unit rates on Friday, November 9th

October 29 - November 2

Posted on Oct 29, 2018

Reminders:  Thursday: High School Options – Single Gender Schools

8th Grade:

Monday is Accelerated Math. On Tuesday, we continue working with angle relationships in parallel lines and triangles. We will learn a number of angle theorems for triangles. First, we will work with the Triangle Sum Theorem.  Next, we will work with the Exterior Angle Theorem and learn the relationship between interior and exterior angles.  We will also continue reviewing how to solve one and two-step equations.  On Friday, November 2nd, we will have a quiz on solving one and two-step equations. Practice problems can be found on our Google classroom to help prepare for the quiz.  

7th Grade:

Monday is Accelerated Math. On Tuesday, we begin our unit on Rates and Proportionality.  We start by working with ratios. Next, we will use rates and unit rates to simplify complicated ratios.  We will finish the week learning how to identify and represent proportional relationships.

 

October 22 - October 26

Posted on Oct 22, 2018

Reminders:

Wednesday, October 24th -  8th Grade Retreat

Friday, October 26th – Out of Uniform - Chicago Diabetes Project ($1 donation)

8th Grade:

We learn this week about the different angles formed when a transversal intersects two lines. We will also learn how to find any unknown angle measure when two lines are cut by a transversal and we are given at least one angle measure. Finally, we will spend time reviewing the steps to solve one and two-step equations.

7th Grade:

We conclude our unit on rational numbers this week.  We have solved problems using all operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) and using positive and negative fractions and decimals. We will finish the unit solving problems that involve two or more of these forms. Our unit test on rational numbers will be Friday, October 26th. We will complete a study guide in class to help review for the test. Additional practice problems will be available on our Google classroom.  

October 15 - October 19

Posted on Oct 15, 2018

 

Reminders:

Tuesday, October 16:  School Pictures  

Wednesday, October 17:  High School Options - Co-ed Schools

Friday, October 19:  All School Mass - Prayer Partners

8th  Grade:

Monday is Accelerated Math.   Groups 2 & 3 will take their unit test on exponents and scientific notation Thursday, October 14th.  Students will receive a study guide and additional practice problems are available on our Goggle classroom.  Group 1 will begin our unit on measurement geometry this week.  We begin by learning about the angles created when parallel lines are cut by a transversal.

7th Grade:  

Monday is Accelerated Math.  We continue working on Tuesday with rational numbers.  First, we will work with multiplying rational numbers. We will also work with multiplying more than two rational numbers. Next, we will work with dividing rational numbers. We will finish the week solving word problems with rational numbers.  

October 8 - October 12

Posted on Oct 08, 2018

No School Monday, October 8 – Columbus Day

8th Grade:

This week, we conclude our unit on exponents and scientific notation. We will finish the unit adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing using scientific notation. Students will have a study guide to prepare for the test.  Additional practice problems will be available on our Google classroom. Group 1 will take their unit test Friday, October 12. Groups 2 & 3 will take their unit test Tuesday, October 16th

7th Grade

This week we begin our unit on rational numbers. We will begin by turning rational numbers into decimals.  We will work with rational numbers that terminate or repeat. Next, we will add and subtract rational numbers. 

 

October 1 - October 5

Posted on Oct 01, 2018

Reminders: Picture Day is Tuesday, October 2nd.

8th Grade:

We continue this week writing numbers in scientific notation and converting numbers from scientific notation to standard notation. Next, we will learn how to add and subtract using scientific notation. Numbers in scientific notation can be added and subtracted either directly or rewriting in standard form. We will finish the week multiplying and dividing using scientific notation.

7th Grade:

This week we conclude our unit on multiplying and dividing integers. We will solve problems using the order of operations with integers and use integers to solve “real-world” problems. Our test on Unit 2 will be Friday, October 5th. Additional practice problems will be available on our Google classroom to help prepare for the test.

 

September 24 - September 28

Posted on Sep 24, 2018

Reminders: Special Lunch Orders due Wednesday, September 26th

8th Grade

Monday is Accelerated Math. On Tuesday, we continue using the properties of integer exponents. We will learn how to use scientific notation to express very large quantities and very small quantities.

7th Grade

Monday is Accelerated Math. On Tuesday, we begin multiplying and dividing integers. We will learn the relationship between multiplication and division. We will use integer multiplication and integer division to solve “real-world” problems.

September 17 - September 21

Posted on Sep 17, 2018

8th Grade

This week we begin our unit on Exponents and Scientific Notation. We begin with a review of exponential notation and powers of ten. Next, we will develop and use the properties of integer exponents. We will also spend some time this week reviewing operations with integers. We will have a quiz on operations with integers on Friday, September 21st.

7th Grade

We conclude our unit on adding and subtraction integers this week by solving multi-step problems with integers. Our unit test will take place Thursday, September 20th. Students will receive a study guide and additional problems are available on our Google classroom to help prepare for the test.

 

September 10 - September 14

Posted on Sep 10, 2018

Reminders: No School Friday, September 14th

8th Grade

Monday is Accelerated Math.  Students will be given their objective goal in class on Monday.  Our unit test on Module 1 – Number Sets will be on Thursday, September 13th.  We will review for the test in class and additional practice problems will be available on our Google classroom.

7th Grade

Monday is Accelerated Math. Students will be given their objective goal in class on Monday. On Tuesday, we begin working on subtracting integers. We will finish the week solving multistep problems involving addition and subtraction of integers.  Our unit test on Module 1 – Adding and Subtracting Integers is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, September 18th.  Practice problems to help prepare for the test will be available on our Google classroom. 

September 03 - September 07

Posted on Sep 04, 2018

8th Grade

We continue this week working with numbers sets. We will order real numbers using estimation. We will identify number sets for “real world” situations. We will review absolute value and order of operations. Our unit test on number sets is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, September 12th. Practice problems to help prepare for the test will be posted to our Google classroom.

7th Grade

We continue this week working with adding integers with the same signs and different signs. We will have a quiz on adding integers on Thursday, September 6th. Practice problems for the quiz will be available on our Google classroom. We will finish the week learning how to subtract integers.

 

August 27 - August 31

Posted on Aug 26, 2018

Welcome Back! I hope that everyone had a great summer. An outline of my class expectations and curriculum can be found in the "Important Documents" section of my blog.  This year we will use the on-line version of our "Go Math' series.  Each week, I will post an overview on my blog of the topics we will cover in math. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have during the school year. 

I am looking forward to a great school year and hope to see you at Open House this Wednesday, August 29th at 6:30 p.m. 

8th GRADE

We begin the school year discussing number sets.  First, we will discuss and work with rational numbers.  Next, we will move on to irrational numbers. We will find square roots and cube roots. We will finish the week ordering real numbers. 

7th GRADE

We begin the school year working with integers. First, we will discuss the ways we see integers in everyday events. Next, we will start adding integers with the same sign.  We will then work with adding integers with different signs.  We finish the week learning how to subtract integers. 

March 26 - March 28

Posted on Mar 25, 2018

8th Grade

Our unit test on Functions is Monday. On Tuesday and Wednesday, will learn how to represent and solve equations with variables on both sides of an equation.

7th Grade

We will work this week with vertical, adjacent, supplementary and complementary angles. We will also measure angles using a protractor.

February 20 - February 23

Posted on Feb 20, 2018

8th Grade:

Our unit test on nonproportional relationships will be this Friday, February 23rd. The test will consist of graphing linear relationships using slope and y-intercept, representing linear relationships using tables, and distinguishing between proportional and nonproportional situations. We will complete a study guide in class and additional practice problems can be found on our Google classroom.

7th Grade:

This week we will solve and graph inequalities. First, we will write and solve one-step inequalities. We will learn which inequalities are solved just like a one-step equations and which inequalities involve additional steps. Next, we will write and solve two-step inequalities. We will also spend some time reviewing operations with integers.

 

February 12 - February 16

Posted on Feb 13, 2018

8th Grade:

We conclude our unit on nonproportional relationships this week. We continue graphing nonproportional linear relationships using slope and x-and y-intercepts. We will finish the unit comparing proportional and nonproportional relationships using graphs, tables, and equations. Our unit test will be Tuesday, February 20th. We will complete a study guide to help prepare for the test.

7th Grade:

Our unit test on expressions and equations will be Wednesday, February 14th for Groups 1 and 2. Group 3 will take their test on Thursday, February 15th. We will review and complete a study guide to help prepare for the test. On Thursday, we will begin our next unit on inequalities. We will start the unit by writing and solving one step equations using inequalities.

 

February 05 - February 09

Posted on Feb 05, 2018

REMINDERS:  

Graduation Pictures will be taken on Wednesday, February 7th

Sunday, February 11th, the 8th graders will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation.  

8th Grade:

Monday is Accelerate Math.  We will spend the rest of the week graphing lines using slope and the x-and y-intercepts and analyzing graphs representing real world situations.

7th Grade:

Monday is Accelerated Math. We continue writing and solving equations this week, focusing on two-step and multi-step equations.  Our unit test on expressions and equations is scheduled for Tuesday, February 13th.  We will complete a study guide in class. Practice problems will also be available in our Google classroom to help prepare for the test.

January 29 - February 02

Posted on Jan 29, 2018

8th Grade:

We continue this week working with slope and the x- and y-intercepts of a line. We will focus on equations written in slope-intercept form (y=mx b). We will finish the week learning how to determine the slope and y-intercept of a line represented by a table.

7th Grade:

We start the week writing and solving one-step equations and learn about inverse operations. Next, we will write and solve two step equations. Our equations will include integers, fractions and decimals.

 

January 22 - January 26

Posted on Jan 23, 2018

Reminders: Please join us for mass this Sunday, January 28 at 10:00 AM to help celebrate the start of Catholic Schools Week.

8th Grade:

Monday is Accelerated Math. On Tuesday, we begin our unit on nonproportional relationships. We will begin by using and creating tables, graphs, and equations to represent linear nonproportional relationships. Next, we will learn to how to find the y- and x-intercepts of a line.

7th Grade:

Monday is Accelerated Math. On Tuesday, we continue working with algebraic expressions and equations. We will use the distributive property to help simplify expressions. Next, we will use the mathematical properties to add, subtract and multiply algebraic expressions. We will finish the week solving one step equations. On Wednesday, January 24th, we will have a quiz covering simplifying expressions and combing like terms.

 

January 15 - January 19

Posted on Jan 15, 2018

Reminders: Confirmation Forms are due back this week.

8th Grade

We continue this week working with the Pythagorean Theorem and testing the converse of the Pythagorean Theorem. We will learn how to use the Pythagorean Theorem to find the distance between two points on a coordinate plane. On Friday, January 19, we will have a quiz covering all concepts related to Pythagorean Theorem. Additional practice problems to help prepare for the quiz will be available on our Google classroom.

7th Grade

This week we will continue working with algebraic expressions and equations. First, we will learn the different parts of an expression and equation. We will write and translate algebraic expressions and evaluate expressions using different operations. Finally, we will work with identifying and simplifying like terms.

 

December 11 - December 15

Posted on Dec 11, 2017

8th Grade:

Monday is Accelerated Math. This week we use the Exterior Angle Theorem to find the measures of the angles of triangles. We will finish the unit learning how to determine when two triangles are similar. Our Chapter 11 test is tentatively schedule for Tuesday, December 19th. Students will receive a study guide to help prepare for the test. Additional practice problems will also be posted on our Google classroom.

7th Grade:

Monday is Accelerated Math. We continue this week solving problems with multiple percents. We will solve problems combining percent mark-up, discounts, and sales tax. We will finish the week using the proportional method to solve various percent problems. Our Chapter 5 test is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, December 19th. Students will receive a study guide to help prepare for the test. Additional practice problems will also be posted on our Google classroom.

 

December 04 - December 08

Posted on Dec 04, 2017

Our all school field trip to see the movie WONDER is this Wednesday, December 6th

8th Grade:

We continue this week working with angle theorems for triangles.  We will prove why the sum of the angles of a triangle equals 180°. Next, we will learn about exterior angles and remote interior angles.  We will have a quiz on Thursday, December 7th on angles formed by a transversal. Practice problems to help prepare for the quiz can be found on our Google classroom.

7th Grade:

We continue working this week with percents.  We will learn about calculating retail price using markups and markdowns. Next, we learn how to calculate simple interest. On Thursday, December 7th, we will have a quiz on converting fractions, decimals and percents.  There will be a practice quiz on our Google classroom to help prepare for the quiz. 

November 27 - December 1

Posted on Nov 26, 2017

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoyed the break! 

The Catholic High School Entrance Exam is Saturday, December 2nd at 8:00 a.m. Students are encouraged to pre-register prior to taking the exam. Information regarding the exam, as well as the pre-registration form, can be found on each high school’s website.    

8th Grade: 

Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, we continue working with angles formed when two parallel lines are cut by a transversal. Next, we will solve for unknown angle measures using parallel lines cut by a transversal. 

7th Grade: 

Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, our 7th grade students will welcome students from Bernard Zell Jewish School and Islamic Foundation School and learn about the similarities and differences in their faith traditions.  We will finish the week working with percent increase and decrease.

November 13 - November 17

Posted on Nov 14, 2017

Reminders: Report cards will be distributed Wednesday, November 15th . Our field trip to Mother McAuley to see the musical Les Miserables is also Wednesday.

8th Grade

Monday is Accelerated Math. On Tuesday, we begin our first geometry unit. The unit will focus on using angles relationships in parallel lines and triangles to solve real-world problems. First, we will learn the different types of angles formed by a line that intersects two lines in the same plane. Next, we will work with angle theorems for triangles.

7th Grade

Monday is Accelerated Math. On Tuesday, we begin our unit on proportions and percents. We will start with a review of converting decimals and fractions to percents. Next, we will learn how to use percents to describe change. First, we will work with solving problems with percent increase. We will finish the week solving for percent decrease.

 

November 06 - November 10

Posted on Nov 06, 2017

REMINDERS:  Wednesday, November 8th is our retreat at St. Rita High School.  Students should bring a “brown bag” lunch on Wednesday to bring to the retreat.

8th Grade

This week we wrap up our unit on rate of change and slope. We will finish the unit by learning how to interrupt a unit rate as slope and graphing proportional relationships. Our unit quiz will be Friday, November 10th.  We will complete a study guide in class to help prepare for the quiz.  In addition, additional practice problems will be available our Google classroom.

7th Grade

This week we conclude our unit on rates and proportionality.  We will finish the unit by analyzing and creating graphs that represent proportional relationships. Our unit quiz will be Friday, November 10th.  Students will complete a study guide to help review for the quiz. Additional problems can be found on our Google classroom to help prepare for the quiz. 

October 30 - November 3

Posted on Oct 30, 2017

Thursday, November 2nd is the second of our high school option days. The single-gender schools will visit in the afternoon to inform students about their schools and programs.

8th Grade

Monday is Accelerated Math. We will spend the remainder of the week calculating slope using coordinates or graphs.

7th Grade

Monday is Accelerated Math. On Tuesday, we begin working with proportional relationships. Many real-world situations can be described by proportional relationships, as they have special characteristics.  We will learn how to identity and represent proportional relationships using tables, graphs and equations. 

October 23 - October 27

Posted on Oct 22, 2017

8th Grade

We continue this week working with proportional relationships, focusing on slope.  We will discuss the four different types of slope that can define a line. We will learn how to find the slope of a line using a graph or values from a table. We will have a quiz Friday on identifying proportional relationships using tables, graphs and equations.

7th Grade

Tuesday is our quiz on rational numbers.  A practice quiz is available on our Google classroom.  On Wednesday, we begin our unit on rates and proportionality. We will start by finding and using unit rates. We will compute units rates associated with ratios of fractions using like or different units.

 

 

October 16 - October 20

Posted on Oct 16, 2017

Tuesday is the first of our high school options days.  The co-ed schools will be here in the morning to talk to the junior high students. 

 

8th Grade

Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, we continue learning how tables, equations, and graphs can represent proportional relationships. Next, we will learn how to find a rate of change or slope. We will finish the week interpreting the rate of change using a table or graph.

 

7th Grade

Monday is Accelerated Math. On Tuesday, we will continue dividing rational numbers. We conclude the unit learning about tools, such as rulers, protractors, and models that can be used to help solve mathematical problems. Our quiz on rational numbers will be next Tuesday, October 24th.  

October 9 - October 13

Posted on Oct 09, 2017

I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend!

8th Grade

Our unit test on real numbers and scientific notation is Wednesday, October 11th.  Practice problems for the test can be found on our Google classroom.  On Thursday, we begin our next unit, proportional relationships. We will start by using tables, graphs and equations to represent proportional situations.

7th Grade

We continue this week on our rational numbers unit.  We will learn how to subtract, multiply, and divide rational numbers. Next, we will use different forms of rational numbers and learn how certain tools can help us solve problems. We will focus on modeling real world examples to demonstrate rational numbers.

October 2 - October 6

Posted on Oct 02, 2017

The Week of October 2 – October 6

8th Grade

Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, we continue adding and subtracting using scientific notation. Next, we will multiply and divide using scientific notation.  Our unit test on real numbers and scientific notation will be Wednesday, October 11th.  On Friday, we will complete a study guide in class to help prepare for the test.  Additional practice problems will be available on Google classroom to help students prepare for the test.

7th Grade

Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, we will take a quiz on multiplying and dividing integers.  A practice quiz can be found on Google classroom to help prepare for the quiz.  On Wednesday, we begin our next unit on rational numbers. We will convert rational numbers to decimals, then begin adding rational numbers with the same sign. 

September 25 - September 29

Posted on Sep 25, 2017

The Week of September 25 – September 29

8th GRADE

Monday is Accelerated Math.   We continue this week learning how to use scientific notation to express very large and very small numbers. We will finish the week learning how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide using scientific notation.

7th GRADE

Monday is Accelerated Math. We continue this week multiplying and dividing integers. We will also learn integer operations to solve real-world problems.  On Friday, September 29th, we will take a quiz on multiplying and dividing integers. Practice problems to help prepare for the quiz can be found on Google classroom. 

September 18 - September 22

Posted on Sep 21, 2017

The Week of September 18 – September 22

8th GRADE

On Wednesday, September 20th, we will have a quiz on properties of exponents. Practice problems for the quiz can be found on Google classroom.  We will spend the rest of the week working with scientific notation. First, we will work with scientific notation with positive powers of 10. Next, we will work with scientific notation with negative powers of 10.

 

7th GRADE

Our unit test on adding and subtracting integers will be Wednesday, September 20th. Students will receive a study guide in class to help prepare for the test.  Practice problems can be also found on Google classroom.  We will finish the week multiplying and dividing integers. 

September 11 - September 15

Posted on Sep 13, 2017

The Week of September 11 – September 15

8th GRADE

We continue working with integer exponents this week. We will learn how to simplify complicated expressions using powers of products. Our quiz on integer exponents is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, September 20th.  On Thursday, we begin Accelerated Math.  No school Friday!

7th GRADE

This week, we will conclude our unit on adding and subtracting integers.  Our unit test will be Wednesday, September 20th.  Students will receive a study guide to help prepare for the test.  Additional problems to help review for the test can be found on Google classroom.  No school Friday!

September 4 - September 8

Posted on Sep 04, 2017

The Week of September 4 – September 8

8th GRADE

On Tuesday, we begin our next unit, “Exponents and Scientific Notation”.  We start by exploring properties of integer exponents. We will work with multiplying and dividing exponents using Powers of 10. Next, we will work with negative exponents and learn about the negative exponent property. Finally, we will finish the week multiplying and dividing exponents and learn about the product of powers property and quotient of powers property.

7th GRADE

On Wednesday, we will have a quiz on adding integers and absolute value.  Practice problems to help prepare for the quiz can be found in our Google classroom.  Reviewing notes, homework, and class work are also excellent ways to help prepare for the quiz. On Thursday, we begin subtracting integers and solving “real world” problems using integers.

August 28 - September 1

Posted on Aug 29, 2017

The Week of August 28 – September 1

8th GRADE

We continue learning about real numbers this week. We will compare and order irrational and rational numbers.  We will also approximate irrational numbers and locate them on a number line.   Our Unit 1– Real Numbers quiz will be at the end of this week.  Period 8 students will take the quiz on Thursday, August 31st and Periods 6 and 7 students will take their quiz on Friday, September 1st. 

 

7th GRADE

This week we continue working with integers. We will work with finding the absolute value of a number. Next, we learn how to add integers with different signs. We will end the week learning how to subtract integers. Our first quiz is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, September 6th.

August 21 - August 25

Posted on Aug 19, 2017

Welcome Back!!  I hope that everyone had a great summer.   An outline of my class expectations and curriculum can be found in the “Important Documents” section of my blog.  This year we will use the on-line version of our “Go Math” series.   Each week, I will post an overview on my blog of the topics we will cover in math.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have during the school year.  I am looking forward to a great school year and hope to see you at Open House on Wednesday, August 30th, at 6:30 p.m.

 

8th GRADE

We begin the school year discussing number sets.   First, we will discuss and work with rational numbers, and then move on to irrational numbers. We will work with finding square roots and cube roots.  We will finish the week ordering real numbers.

 

7th GRADE

We begin the school year working with integers.  We start by adding integers with the same sign and then move on to adding integers with different signs.  We will finish the week learning to subtract integers. 

The Week of May 22nd - May 26th

Posted on May 21, 2017

REMINDERS:  8th grade ribbon mass is Thursday, May 25th at 8:15am.

8th Grade: 

We finish the year working on a project that includes many of the topics learned the past few years in math. Students will research and plan a family vacation.  The project will include using budgets, percents, estimating, rounding, and presenting data.

7th Grade:

This week we begin our unit on probability and statistics. We will learn how to describe the likelihood of an event and understand that the probability of a chance event is a number between 0 and 1. We will find the experimental probability of a simple event. Next, we will find the experimental probability of a compound event. 

The Week of May 15th - May 19th

Posted on May 16, 2017

REMINDERS: 

May Crowing – Friday, May 19th, 11AM 

8th grade students should arrive in their homerooms by 10:30AM. All students will be dismissed at 11:30 AM, following the May Crowing.

8th Grade: 

Monday is Accelerated Math.  Tuesday we will review for Wednesday’s test on transformations.  Students will receive a study guide to help prepare for the test.  Additional review problems can be found on our Google Classroom.

7th Grade:

Monday is Accelerated Math. Tuesday we will review for Wednesday’s test on Chapter 8.  Students will receive a study guide and additional review problems can be found on our Google Classroom.  On Thursday, we begin our unit on statistics and probability.

The Week of May 8th - May 12th

Posted on May 08, 2017

REMINDERS:  No School Friday, May 12th?

8th Grade:

We conclude our unit on transformations this week. We finish the unit working with congruent figures and identifying a sequence of transformations. Our unit test will be Tuesday, May 16th. We will review for out test next Monday.  Practice problems will be posted on our Google classroom.

7th Grade:

On Monday, we will continue working on our scale drawing of a room in a house.  We will conclude our unit working with angles. We will measure angles using a protractor.  We will also use algebra and two-step equations to solve for missing angles. Our unit test will be Wednesday, May 13th.  We will complete a study guide for the test.  Practice problems will be posted on our Google classroom to help prepare for the test. 

The Week of May 1st - May 5th

Posted on Apr 30, 2017

REMINDERS: 

**Graduation cap, gown, and tassel forms are due this week.**

On Tuesday, students are welcome to wear a red shirt and join with schools in our area to support for the Special Olympics Program.  Please send $1.00 to show your gratitude and support.  

8th Grade:

Monday is Accelerated Math. On Tuesday, we begin working with the algebraic representations of transformations. We will learn the rules to show a translation, reflection and rotation using an algebraic expression. We will finish the week working with congruent figures and understanding what connection they have to transformations.

7th Grade:

Monday is Accelerated Math. On Tuesday, we will learn about unique triangles. Next, we will practice drawing shapes that satisfy given conditions.  We will finish the week identifying the cross sections of three-dimensional figures and using angle relationships to solve problems.

The Week of April 24th - April 28th

Posted on Apr 24, 2017

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Easter and enjoyed the break!

This week students will take the Aspire tests. Please make sure your Chromebooks are charged and ready to go!

8th Grade

We will work this week creating translations, reflections and rotations. We will also learn about and create tessellations.

7th Grade

This week we begin our unit on modeling geometric figures. We will work with similar shapes and scale drawings.

 

The Week of April 3rd - April 7th

Posted on Apr 03, 2017

8th Grade:

We continue this week working with transformations.  We will learn how to describe the properties of reflection and their effect on the congruence and orientation of figures. Next, we will learn how to describe the properties of rotations and their effect on the orientation of figures.  On Friday, we will have a quiz on translations and reflections.

7th Grade: 

This week, we will conclude our unit on circumference, area, and volume. Group One will take their unit test on Friday, April 7th.  Groups two and three will take their test on Monday, April 10th.  Students will receive a study guide to help prepare for the test.  Additional problems to help prepare for the test will be posted on our Google classroom. 

The Week of March 27th - March 31st

Posted on Mar 26, 2017

The Week of March 27th-March 31st

8th Grade: 

Monday is Accelerated Math. On Tuesday, we begin our unit on transformations and congruence.  We will start by learning how to describe the properties of translation and their effect on the congruence and orientation of figures. Next, we will work with describing the properties of reflection and their effect on the congruence and orientation of figures.

7th Grade:

Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, we will spend some time calculating the volume of 3-dimensional figures. Next, we will begin working with circles.  We will start by finding the circumference off a circle. Then we will learn how to find the area of a circle.

The Week of March 20th - March 24th

Posted on Mar 20, 2017

8th Grade:

This week we conclude our unit on functions. On Monday and Tuesday, we will be analyzing graphs. We will work on describing a relationship given a graph and sketching a graph given a description. On Wednesday, we will begin reviewing the unit.  Students will be work on a study guide to help prepare for the test.  Our test will be Friday, March 24th.

7th Grade:

This week we continue working on surface area and volume of polyhedrons. We will work with triangular prisms, rectangular prisms, trapezoidal prisms, and cubes. Next, we will begin working with circles.  We will start by finding the circumference of a circle.  Students will have a quiz on Thursday, March 23rd covering area and perimeter of polygons and composite shapes. 

The Week of March 13th - March 17th

Posted on Mar 13, 2017

8th Grade:

Monday is Accelerated Math. On Tuesday, we continue comparing functions written as an equation or a table. We will also compare functions represented as a graphs. Next, we will write function rules given a table or real-world situation. We will finish the week analyzing graphs.

7th Grade:

Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, we will continue working with the surface area of cubes, rectangular prisms, and triangular prisms. Next, we will learn how to calculate the surface area of composite figures. We will finish the week solving volume problems. We will start with the volume of a triangular prism. 

The Week of March 6th - March 10th

Posted on Mar 06, 2017

8th Grade:
 

We continue this week working with functions. We will start the week learning what characteristics we can use to describe functions. We will learn to identify linear functions and non-linear functions. Next, we will graph functions.  We will finish the week comparing functions written as equations to functions represented by tables. We will have a quiz on Thursday, March 9th.  The quiz will cover identifying the domain and range of a relation and creating a function table.

7th Grade: 

We continue this week calculating the area of composite figures. Next, we will find the surface are of prisms and composite solids. We will have a quiz on Thursday, March 9th, covering polygons and solving for the missing angles of triangles and quadrilaterals. Google classroom will have a list of the vocabulary terms students will need to know for the quiz. 

The Week of February 27th - March 3rd

Posted on Feb 27, 2017

8th Grade

Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, we continue working with functions. We will identify functions from mapping diagrams, tables, and graphs. Next, we will work with describing a function and determine whether they are linear. Finally, we will begin writing function rules.

7th Grade

Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, we continue working with the area and perimeter of two-dimensional figures.  Next, we will begin calculating the area and perimeter of composite figures. We will finish the week working with three-dimensional figures.

The Week of February 20th - February 24th

Posted on Feb 20, 2017

8th Grade: 

Our unit test on volume is Wednesday, February 22nd.  We will review for the test on Tuesday.  Practice problems to help prepare for the test are available on Google Classroom. On Thursday, we begin our unit on functions.  We will start by identifying and representing functions.

 

7th Grade: 

Groups 2 & 3 will take their unit test on expressions and equations on Wednesday, February 22nd.  There are practice problems available on Google Classroom to help prepare for the test. Next, we will begin our geometry unit.  We will start by reviewing polygons, as well as area and perimeter of quadrilaterals.

The Week of February 13th - February 17th

Posted on Feb 14, 2017

8th Grade:

This week we will conclude our unit on volume.  We will learn how to find the volume of a sphere.  Next, we will review how to find the volume of a cube, pyramid, and prism. Our unit test on volume is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, February 22nd.  Practice problems to help prepare for the test will be able on Google Classroom.

7th Grade:

We conclude our unit on expressions and equations this week and will prepare for our unit test.  Group one will take their unit test on Friday, February 17th. Groups two and three will take their test on Wednesday, February 22nd. Students will receive a study guide to help prepare for the test.  Additional practice problems will also be available on Google Classroom.

 

The Week of February 6th - February 10th

Posted on Feb 06, 2017

REMINDERS:  

**Graduation Pictures will be taken on Thursday, February 9th.

**This Sunday, the eighth graders will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation. The prayer service and rehearsal for students, parents, and sponsors (if possible) is Wednesday, February 8th at 7:30 p.m. The Confirmation liturgy will take place Sunday, February 12 at 12 p.m. mass.  Students and their sponsors should arrive at 11:30 a.m.
 

8th Grade:

Monday is Accelerated Math. We continue working with this week the volume formulas for a cylinder and cone.  We will then begin working to find the volume of a sphere. 

7th Grade:

Monday is Accelerated Math.  This week we focus on solving and writing two-step equations. On Friday, we will conclude the unit and begin preparing for our unit test, tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, February 15th.   Students will receive a study guide for the test and additional practice problems will be posted on Google Classroom. 

The Week of January 30th - February 3rd

Posted on Jan 30, 2017

Thank you to all who came to the Open House!

8th Grade 

This week we begin our unit on volume.  We will learn the formulas and solve to find the volume of cylinders, cones, and spheres.  

 

7th Grade 

We continue working this week with expressions and equations. We will focus on solving problems with integers and rational numbers (decimals and fractions).  On Thursday, we will have a quiz on solving one-step equations. We will finish the week writing two-step equations. 

The Week of January 23rd - January 27th

Posted on Jan 24, 2017

8th Grade 

Monday is Accelerated Math. This week we conclude our unit on angles and triangles.  Our unit test will be Thursday, January 26th.  Students will complete a study guide in class to help prepare for the test.  Enjoy the ski trip Friday!!

 

7th Grade

Monday is Accelerated Math. This week we will learn how to use inverse operations to solve one and two-step equations. We will then practice solving real-world word problems using inverse operations. We will finish the week creating our own unique word problems. 

The Week of January 17th - January 20th

Posted on Jan 16, 2017

Homeroom Reminder:  Please return the “release” form you received at the high school entrance exam as soon as possible.

8th Grade:

We continue this week working with the Pythagorean Theorem.  We will test and use the converse of the Pythagorean Theorem to solve problems. Next, we will use the Pythagorean Theorem in the Coordinate Plane.  Finally, we will finish the week learning how to determine if two triangles are similar.  Our unit test on is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, January 25th.

 

7th Grade:

We continue this week working with expressions and equations. We will continue translating expressions and combining like terms. We will use the distributive property to help simplify expressions. We will finish the week solving one-step equations.  On Friday, we will have a quiz covering writing, translating, and evaluating algebraic expressions.    

The Week of January 9th - January 13th

Posted on Jan 09, 2017

Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had wonderful holiday!

8th Grade: 

Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, we continue working with angles and triangles. Students will solve problems using The Triangle Sum Theorem and The Exterior Angle Theorem. We will learn how to determine when two triangles are similar.  We will finish the week learning about The Pythagorean Theorem.  On Friday, we will have a quiz on angles formed by parallel lines cut by a transversal (corresponding angles, alternate interior angles, etc.)

7th Grade:

Monday is Accelerated Math. On Tuesday, we begin our unit on expressions and equations.  We will translate and write algebraic expressions and equations. Next, we will work with combining like terms.  We will finish the week working with the commutative, associative and distributive properties. 

The Week of December 19th - December 23rd

Posted on Dec 20, 2016

8th Grade: 

Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, we will take a practice test to help prepare for the upcoming high school entrance exams.  On Wednesday and Thursday, we will continue working with angles and triangles.

 

7th Grade:

Monday is Accelerated Math.  Tuesday is our unit test on percents. Check Google Classroom for extra practice problems.  On Wednesday and Thursday, we will translate algebraic equations and expressions.

 

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas.  Enjoy the break!

 

The Week of December 12 - December 16th

Posted on Dec 12, 2016

Monday is our field trip to the Holocaust Museum.

8th Grade

We continue this week working with lines and angles. On Tuesday, we will work with lines cut by a transversal. Next, we will work with the measures of the angles of a triangle. We will finish the week working with similar angles.

7th Grade

On Tuesday we will work some more with simple interest. We will conclude the unit working with multi-step percent problems. We will finish the week reviewing for our unit test, which will take place on Tuesday, December 20th. Students will receive a study guide for the test and additional practice problems will be posted on our Google classroom.

The Week of December 5th - December 9th

Posted on Dec 05, 2016

8th Grade

On Monday, we will conclude our unit on non-proportional relationships.  Our test on this unit is Thursday, December 8th.  We will complete a study guide in class to help prepare for the test. Additional practice problems will also be posted on Google Classroom.  On Friday, we begin our geometry unit on lines and angles.

 

7th Grade

We continue working this week working on percents.  We will work with specific percent increase and decrease scenarios such as mark-up, discount and sales tax.  We will also learn how to calculate simple interest. We will finish the week working with situations that require applying more than one percent to a problem.  Our quiz on percent is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, December 15th.  

The Week of November 28th - December 2nd

Posted on Nov 27, 2016

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoyed the break!

Reminder: No School Friday, December 2nd due to our Faculty Inservice Day.

8th Grade:

Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, we continue working with x- and y-intercepts, as well as slope. We will use slope intercept form (y = mx b) to write linear equations. We will finish the week graphing linear equations using the x-and y-intercepts.  Our quiz on this unit is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, December 8th.

 

7th Grade:

Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, we begin working with percent increase and decrease.  We will also use the percent of change and original amount to find the new amount.  We will finish the we learning about mark-up and discount and how each is calculated.

The Week of November 14th - November 18th

Posted on Nov 13, 2016

Second semester begins today, November 14th.

8th Grade:

Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, we continue working with non-proportional relationships. We will create linear non-proportional relationships using tables, equations and graphs.  Next, we learn how to determine slope using the y-intercept. On Friday, we will take a break from non-proportional relationships and review some geometry concepts including angles, area, and perimeter.

 

7th  Grade:

Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, we be our unit on Proportions and Percent.  We will start by a review the relationship between fractions, decimals and percents.  We spend the rest of the week working on percent increase and decrease.  Students will have a quiz on converting fractions – decimals – percents on Friday, November 18th.

The Week of November 7th - November 11th

Posted on Nov 06, 2016

The Week of November 7th - November 11th

Reminders:

Tuesday, November 8th  is re-takes for students who missed picture day. Students who were absent on picture day are allowed to be out of uniform for the the day.

Friday, November 11th is the end of the 1st trimester.

 

8th Grade:

This week we wrap up our unit on slope and proportional relationships.  Students in Class Period 8 will take their unit quiz on Tuesday, November 8th.  Students in Class Periods 6 & 7 will take their unit quiz on Thursday, November 10th.  We will then begin our next unit on non-proportional relationships.  We will make tables, write equations and draw graphs to model real-world non-proportional relationships.

7th Grade:

This week we complete our unit on rates and proportionality. We will complete the unit by creating graphs to represent and analyze proportional relationships. Students will take their quiz on the unit on Thursday, November 10th.  On Friday, we will begin our next unit, percents.

The Week of October 31st - November 4th

Posted on Oct 31, 2016

Happy Halloween!    Students may wear orange or black on Monday!

8th Grade: 

Monday is Accelerated Math.  This week we complete our unit on slope and rate of change.  We will finish the unit learning how to interrupt the rate of change as slope. Students in class period 8 will take their quiz on this unit on Friday, November 4th.  Students in class periods 7 and 8 will take their unit quiz on Monday, November 7th.

 

7th Grade: 

Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, we continue working with unit rates and recognizing and representing proportional relationships between quantities. We will finish the week graphing proportional relationships. Our quiz on this unit is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, November 8th

 

The Week of October 23rd - October 28th

Posted on Oct 23, 2016

The Week of October 24th – October 28th

8th Grade:  This week we will be working with rate of change and slope.  We will determine the rate of change from two values using a table or graph. Next, we will calculate slope.  First, we will calculate slope using “rise” over “run”.  Next, we will use points on a graph to calculate slope.

7th Grade:  The week we continue working with unit rates.  We will compute unit rates associated with ratios of lengths, areas and other quantities measured in different units. Next, we will recognize and represent proportional relationships between quantities. We will also learn how to determine the constant of proportionality using a table or a graph.

The Week of October 17th - October 21st

Posted on Oct 16, 2016

REMINDERS: 

Tuesday, October 18th is our retreat at St. Rita High School.  Students should bring a “brown bag” lunch on Tuesday to bring to the retreat.

Wednesday, October 22nd is the first of our two high school options days.  Representatives and former SJF students from the co-ed schools will be here to talk to the Jr High about their schools.

8th Grade

This week we begin our unit on proportional relationships. The first part of the week we will analyze and create proportional relationships using tables, graphs and equations.  The second part of the week we will work with rate of change, independent and dependent variables, and slope.

7th Grade: 

This week we begin our unit on rates and proportionality.  We will spend the week working with ratios, rates, and unit rates. We will focus on finding units rates and using them in “real world” situations.

The Week of October 10th - October 14th

Posted on Oct 10, 2016

The Week of October 10th – October 14th

8th Grade:

Our unit test on real numbers, exponents, and scientific notation will take place this week.  Students in class period 8 will take their tests on Wednesday, October 12th.  Students in class periods 6 & 7 will take their tests on Friday, October 14th.  We will complete a study guide in class to help prepare for the test.  Additional practice problems are available on Google Classroom.  

7th Grade:

On Tuesday, we will complete our unit on operations with rational numbers. Our unit test will be on Friday, October 14th.  We will complete a study guide in class to help prepare for the test.  Additional practice problems from the unit are available on Google Classroom.

The Week of October 3rd - October 7th

Posted on Oct 03, 2016

Reminder – Picture Day is Tuesday, October 4th!

8th Grade: 

Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, we will begin working with operations using scientific notation. First, we learn how to add and subtract numbers using scientific notation.  Next, we will learn how to multiply and divide numbers using scientific notation.  Our unit test, covering rational and irrational numbers, as well as exponents and scientific notation, is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, October 13th.  Students will receive a study guide to help prepare for the test. Additional practice problems will also be available on Google Classroom.

**8th Grade Integers Review**

Operation with integers is an important part of a number of the topics studied in 8th grade.  Those students who would like a review of adding and subtracting integers may attend one of two sessions where we will review and work on problems.  Students may attend either one of the following sessions: Tuesday, October 4th at 7:30 a.m.   OR    Thursday, October 6th at 2:30 p.m.

 

7th Grade:

Monday is Accelerated Math.  We will spend the remainder of the week working with rational numbers.  We will work with all operations using fractions and decimals.  We will complete this section on Friday and begin reviewing for our unit test, which will include all operations with integers and rational numbers. Our unit test will be Thursday, October 13th.  Students will receive a study to help prepare for the test.  Additional practice problems will also be available on Google Classroom.   

The Week of September 26th - September 30th

Posted on Sep 26, 2016

Reminder-St. Rita Retreat Permission Slips are due Friday, September 30th.

 

8th Grade: 

Monday is Accelerated Math. On Thursday, we will have a quiz on the properties of integer exponents. There will be practice problems to help prepare for the quiz on Google Classrom. All other days of the week will be spent expressing numbers using scientific notation with positive powers of 10 and negative powers of 10. We will also learn to translate between scientific notation and standard notation.

7th Grade

Monday is Accelerated Math.  We will have a quiz on multiplying and dividing integers on Wednesday.  There are practice problems to help prepare for the quiz on Google Classroom. We will then begin our next unit on rational numbers. We will learn the properties of rational numbers and convert rational numbers to decimals using division. 

The Week of September 19th - September 23rd

Posted on Sep 19, 2016

8th Grade

We continue this week working with properties of integer exponents.  We will review the zero exponent and negative exponent properties.  We will work with multiplication and division with exponents, as well as the power to a power property. Next, we will use scientific notation to represent very large and very small quantities.  

 

7th Grade

This week we learn how to multiply and divide integers. We will discuss the relationship between multiplication and division and discover why division by zero is not possible. We will finish the week combining all four operations with integers to solve “real world” problems.  This week will also include a review of order of operations.  We will have a quiz on multiplying and dividing integers the early part of next week.

The Week of September 12th - September 16th

Posted on Sep 12, 2016

Monday we begin the Accelerated Math program.  Accelerated Math is a program that allows students to work independently and review of topics previously taught in class.   We will typically work on Accelerated Math in class every other Monday.

8th Grade

Periods 6 and 7:  Monday is Accelerated Math. On Tuesday, students in will take the Unit 1 - Real Numbers Quiz.   On Wednesday, we begin our Exponents and Scientific Notation unit.  First, we will learn about the properties of integer exponents.  We will learn the rules to use when working with negative exponents and when multiplying similar bases with different exponents.

 

Period 8:   Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, we begin our Exponents and Scientific Notation unit.  We will learn the rules to use when working with negative exponents and when multiplying similar bases with different exponents.  Next, we will learn the rules to use when dividing similar bases.  We will finish the week working with positive powers of 10.

 

7th Grade

Monday is Accelerated Math.  We will take our quiz on Adding and Subtracting Integers (Unit 1) this week.  Period 1 will take the quiz on Tuesday; Periods 2 and 5 will take the quiz on Wednesday.  We will spend the rest of the week working on our next unit, multiplying and dividing integers.  

The Week of September 5th - September 9th

Posted on Sep 05, 2016

8th GRADE

This week we continue working with real numbers.  We will compare and order irrational and rational numbers.  We will also approximate irrational numbers and locate them on a number line.  Our Unit 1 – Real Numbers quiz will be at the end of this week.  Period 8 students will take the quiz on Thursday, September  8th.  Periods 6 and 7 students will take their quiz on Friday, September 9th. 

 

 7th GRADE

We continue working with integers this week.  First, we will learn how to subtract integers.  Next, we will solve “real-world” problems using addition and subtraction of integers.   Students in Period 1 will take their Unit 1 – Adding and Subtracting Integers Quiz on Friday, September 9th.  Students in Periods 2 and 5 will take their Unit 1 quiz on Tuesday, September 13th

Week of August 29th - September 2nd

Posted on Aug 24, 2016

Welcome Back!!  I hope that everyone had a great summer.   An outline of my class expectations and curriculum can be found in the “Important Documents” section of my blog.  This year we will use the on-line version of our “Go Math” series.   Each week, I will post an overview on my blog of the topics we will cover in math.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have during the school year.

I am looking forward to a great school year and hope to see you at “Meet the Teacher Night” on Tuesday, August 30th, at 6:30 p.m.

 

8th Grade

We begin the school year discussing number sets.   First, we will discuss and work with rational numbers, and then move on to irrational numbers. We will work with finding square roots and cube roots.  We will finish the week ordering real numbers.

 

7th Grade

We begin the school year working with integers.  We start by adding integers with the same sign and then move on to adding integers with different signs.  We will finish the week learning to subtract integers.  

 

 

 
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